Game 2 Preview and Open Thread: Senators @ Maple Leafs

The Senators look to take their second straight against the Maple Leafs to begin the season

In the last two seasons, the Ottawa Senators have begun their season with a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with 3-2 being the result on Thursday. Last season though, the two teams squared off in the very next game and Toronto got the better of them in that matchup. Ottawa’s hoping this time will be different, especially considering they lost their next nine games and 13 of 14 last time around.

Despite being taken over by many Leafs fans at the Canadian Tire Centre, it still looked like a fun atmosphere to be a part of. However, tonight will be much more difficult for this young Senators team which includes a lot of players who have yet to play in front of a Toronto crowd. Scotiabank Arena will be loud and hopefully the Senators will be up for it.

Here are tonight’s projected lines:

Game Notes:

  • Considering Ottawa and Toronto have only played one and two games respectively, there isn’t much value in looking at team leaders.
  • The Maple Leafs will still be without Auston Matthews, which certainly makes it a lot easier for Ottawa to make it close.
  • With Petr Mrazek injured and the Maple Leafs right against the cap, they’re forced to sign a UofT goalie (Alex Bishop) to an Amateur Tryout tonight. EBUG anyone?
  • The lines are the same tonight as Thursday, which worked quite well. However, DJ Smith mentioned that Michael Del Zotto could get into the lineup tomorrow against Dallas.
  • Matt Murray won’t be back with the team until at least Thursday due to his bout with the flu:/

It’s more bad luck for him, and I sure hope he’ll be ready to go by next week.

  • Brady Tkachuk obviously isn’t playing tonight but DJ Smith thinks Thursday could be the night.
  • Of the 17 times the Leafs scored two or fewer goals in a game last season, they only followed that up with another two or fewer goal performance five times. It’ll be difficult to stop their offense again.
  • Parker Kelly only played 9:39 last game but he looked electric, which is exactly what they’ll need if they want to have any chance against teams that are deeper on paper than the Senators. He rocked a 93.35 xGF% in his short time on ice...
  • The game begins at 7:00 EST and can be seen on CBC, Sportsnet Ontatrio, and Sportsnet West./

Let’s hope the Senators can make it a winning streak tonight!

Not everyone can afford to pay for sports coverage right now, and that is why we will keep as much of the site's content free for as long as we can.

But if you are able to, please consider subscribing to help keep our articles free (and get a few extra perks).

Erik Condra
  • Ability to comment and participate in our community
  • Twice monthly newsletter available only to subscribers
  • Ad-free reading
  • Our undying love and appreciation
Brady Tkachuk
  • Everything from the Erik Condra tier
  • 10% discount on all merch
  • Access to any future paywalled content
  • A personal thank-you from the Silver Seven staff
Daniel Alfredsson
  • Everything from the Brady Tkachuk tier
  • Inner peace knowing you are supporting quality, independent coverage of your favourite sports team